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Famed leadership guru Ram Charan – collaborating with writer Geri Willigan – describes five necessary skills that developing leaders need to possess. Three factors set this book apart from most others in the genre: First, the author draws on his decades of experience observing, coaching and mentoring many of the world’s foremost business leaders. Second, Charan emphasizes tactics and techniques for rapid leadership development to address a growing and pressing demand. Third, he includes detailed checklists at the back of each chapter for practicing and applying the skills. getAbstract recommends Charan’s manual to anyone aspiring to executive leadership and to HR leaders and others involved in developing leadership talent.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to build five high-potential (“hipo”) leadership skills, and
  • How to identify and develop high-potential leaders.

About the Author

Ram Charan is a well-known coach in agile practices and big data. He has extensive experience leading digital transformation. His other books include Boards that Lead, Leadership Pipeline and The Attackers Advantage.



New Leaders

Organizations increasingly struggle to find high-potential (“hipo”) leadership talent. Digitization, big data, and other radical changes make new demands on leaders and upcoming leaders. Employees with hipo leadership must be adaptable, agile and visionary. They should network well and be willing to ask for help. Hipos are resourceful, action-oriented and bold. They see the big picture and pursue a purpose, not just money.

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